Pender County

Coastal Counties Begin Clean Up After Hurricane Florence

Oct 1, 2018
Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence top a section of U.S. 421 near the Pender-New Hanover County line north of Wilmington.
NC Department of Transportation

Coastal towns and counties hit by Hurricane Florence are digging out from under tons of debris.

Pender County was one of the hardest hit areas.

“We think that Hurricane Florence is [Hurricane] Matthew and Floyd on steroids,” County spokeswoman Tammy Proctor said, assessing the flood levels and subesquent damage.

Venus flytrap
David McAdoo / Flickr/Creative Commons

It used to be a misdemeanor to steal Venus flytraps from the wild. But the law changed in November, and now four suspects face felony charges, and up to 39 months in jail.

Hervey McIver of the Nature Conservancy says there’s high demand for Venus flytraps for novelty as well as medicinal use. The plants only grow wild in a roughly-100-mile radius around the Wilmington area.

Walker Golder
Audubon North Carolina

One of the last undeveloped barrier islands in North Carolina is one step closer to permanent protection. Audubon North Carolina has purchased a 35-acre tract of land on Lea Island in Pender County. The money was made available through a private donation.